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A Short Story: The Place Of All Answers
I was riding an elephant to the place where all answers will be answered. At least that's what my parents said to me. I am not sure if they just wanted to get rid of me or wished me happiness. Most likely both. Parents never are just good or just bad. They are too complicated. As soon as they found out that I seek knowledge they just gave me this elephant and sent me east. To be honest with you it wasn't really an elephant. It was a mix of an elephant and donkey - an invention of some weird scientist that is still on his way to find the perfect mount. I named my mount Molly. She looked more like an elephant than donkey except her ears. Her tall and lovely ears.
I think my parents fooled me. If i keep traveling east I will do that endlessly. The world is round. That would be just a neverending loop. Not even a spiral, just a loop. Maybe that is where the knowledge of the universe lies - endlessly repeating something. I personally don't believe in reincarnation. But that sounds much more impressive than traveling round the world. And my parents don't love me anyways. They not only fooled me, they gave me the animal they always wanted to get rid off. Though they wished me happiness and sent me on an endless loop. I just have to try this.
I unmounted Molly and removed the riding equipment. I don't know if Molly can survive in the wilderness alone. But there must be better people than me that could take care of her. Eventually she would forget me. I tried to shoo her away but the naive animal just looked at me with great confusion. I removed the carrot from the stick and threw it as far as I could. Molly gave in. Temptation took over the poor animal and she run after the delicious orange vegetable.
When I was finally left alone I took out the little dagger I used to keep in my boot. I felt very tempted to contemplate my life but I knew it would do nothing for my experiment so I was lucky to find out the dagger is still sharp and i pierced it deep into my throat. Life is a bitch. I had to watch myself bleeding for good half an hour. Then I lost consciousness.
I opened my eyes. Something was wrong with them. The world seemed black and white. I found Molly next to me looking to me with her big round brown eyes.
"Welcome to the afterlife. I am your spirit guide." Molly said.
I got confused. Am I dead or alive. Molly is actually speaking. What is happening?
"Am I dead or alive?"
"Dead, buddy. You're dead. Please mount up. We have a long way ahead."
"Long way? To where?"
"To the place where all answers will be answered."
I was confused but I obeyed. Molly started to walk in her usually slow pace. The whole place felt very peaceful. And the idea of reaching my goal - knowing all the answers - comforted me. I didn't seem to feel hunger or thirst. I felt calm happiness inside.
"Molly? Can you tell me about the place where all answers are answered? How long will it take? Where exactly in this place it is?"
"It's east. It's always east."